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The Rolling Stones biopic: Andy Goddard directing Exile on Main Street

‘Exile on Main Street’ is set to begin shooting later this year

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The search is on for actors who can play late-20s versions of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, as Downton Abbey helmer Andy Goddard is set to direct the upcoming biopic Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with The Rolling Stones, EW can confirm. 

Deadline first reported Monday that the project will be a feature-length adaptation of Robert Greenfield’s book of the same name that recounts the events surrounding the summer of 1971, when The Rolling Stones spent weeks in almost total isolation in the South of France while recording Exile on Main St. 

Writers Brandon and Philip Murphy are penning the screenplay for the film, which is being produced by The Gotham Group, City Entertainment, Virgin Produced, and KippSter Entertainment. According to a source close to the production, the search  for actors to play young versions of Richards and Jagger is currently underway. 

Following its release, Exile on Main St, the band’s 10th studio album to debut in the U.K., went on to become a worldwide phenomenon. The album premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified Platinum for selling more than 1 million copies. A remastered edition of the LP was released in 2010, featuring 10 new tracks including “Dancing in the Light” and “Following the River.” 

BAFTA Award-nominee Goddard, whose recent credits include A Kind of Murder, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in March, and Set Fire to the Stars, also directed the sixth episode of the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil earlier this year. 

A release date for Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with The Rolling Stones has not yet been confirmed, though the film reportedly begins shooting this winter.